Spring’s perennial print has gone a little bit wild. Lisa Haynes reveals how to cultivate this season’s oversized petals.
Bouquets may look pretty in vases, but why not try wearing your blooms too?
Whether it’s one bold single stem or an explosion of hothouse flowers, florals have been cultivated on fast-grow fertiliser this season, so they’re almost wild in nature.
Solo stalk - You can still look blooming marvellous with a single floral statement but don’t go for half measures; opt for a print where the bloom takes over the entire piece. Keep your floral fresh with a white backdrop to make the petals really ‘pop’.
Bold blooms - There’s no place for wallflower subtlety this spring. For an English country garden take, choose bold florals in a pretty pastel colour palette. The closer you go towards high summer, the more you can take your blooms into tropical territory with hot hues and rainforest foliage.
To really make a statement, try clashing your florals, using one matching colour to marry the look together.
Pop-up petals - the prettiest blooms on the block, appliquéed florals are this season’s uber-feminine alternative to prints. Heavily embellished florals can add bulk to your frame, so avoid in areas where you don’t want to add volume, but conversely, they can also add curves to athletic shapes. If you prefer your petals to be less literal, look for embroidered flowers for less of a ‘3D’ effect.
Wild foliage - Flowers aren’t for everyone but this season, you can look to foliage as an alternative.